outsider wrote:Off-topic/tangential question: when did 'rationalize' develop a negative connotation? I've always equated 'rational' with knowledgeable, conscious, responsible types; however, in these types of discussions (typically those involving differences of socio-moral opinion), when the term 'rationalize' typically takes on a more negative slant, as if one isn't taking an enlightened path.
"Rationalize" doesn't have a negative connotation...not inherently, but in standard use, it is equated usually with an attempt to explain away uncomfortable or inconvenient details in order to arrive at a conclusion.
Like redefining torture as "enhanced interrogation techniques". Or fucking an ugly chick just so you can put your dick into something that's alive.
We rationalize all the time here on the OH in any number of political threads, so I'm sure you've seen it implemented in the fashion Jude means.